Despite my grandad being a pilot I didn’t get on a plane until I was twelve years old. Embarking on our first big family trip… to Zimbabwe. My parents do not do things by halves! We were there to fill a childhood dream of mine to see Elephants in the wild. And seeing a male bull African Elephant 10 metres away from me, ears stretched wide is a moment I have never recovered from.
Add to that the amazing warmth and curiosity of the Zimbabwean people and that was it. I was hooked. I wanted to keep seeing the world and meet the people in it.
So I did. From there it was backpacking around Europe to Thailand to South and Central America, living in Mexico City. Every chance I had I saved up and poured over maps mapping out the route I was determined not to plan. David Attenborough plugged the gaps.
After I started work the trips became shorter. The destinations became harder to get to and there was a lot more to pack in. It was time for an upgrade. I slowly swapped 8 bed hostel dorms for hot water and an ensuite bathroom. Other old habits were harder to relinquish. I still do not go anywhere without my travel towel and plastic cup. As trustworthy as my travel companions Toni and Nic. One of the most memorable was the train from London to Beijing in 2008. 2 years in the making, 3 weeks of train travel and a story to last a lifetime.
But back to this site and what inspired me now to share my stories and some of my favorites from the places I have seen. As well as giving me ample opportunity to reminisce I hope this site is useful. I learned along the way that the best travel advice is local, honest and personal. Someone you trust who tells you the places to avoid as well as the must-sees.
So here we are. My attempt to share my travel stories and travel tips at the same time. I’ll leave it to you to decide how much salt you need.